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CNN Says Black Kids are Racially-Biased at an Early Age

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com

A CNN study has found that black children develop a bias against white children at a very early age.  The study argues that by the age of 13, black children have opinions on race relations that are negative toward whites.

Most six year olds, according to the study, had an optimistic view on race, but that perception changed as they got older.

Davionne, 6, told a researcher that “They’re not the same color and they can’t play together if they’re not the same color.”

The boy then claimed that he couldn’t play with white kids “cause your mom might not want you to play with that friend.”

The boy’s mother, Aisha, was concerned by her child’s perceptions.

“I’m a little bothered by it,” she said. “Just because I don’t want him to feel I would think that or expect that…. Whoever is his friend is his friend, so I’m not sure why he would feel that way. It just concerns me that he thinks like that.”

The boy’s father denied that his son had a racial bias.

“I know for a fact that that’s not my son, as far as the answers he was giving,” he said. “I think he answers the way he thinks people want him to answer.”

This “study” by CNN is very interesting, especially if the results are used to somehow imply that black children are taught to be leery of whites for no good reason.   The sad reality is that many black parents must sometimes prepare their children for the sting of racism that will occur later in life, ultimately undermining their self-esteem at a very early age.

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14 Responses to CNN Says Black Kids are Racially-Biased at an Early Age

  1. Willa

    April 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    White children are taught racism at home when they can talk. Black chldren are not taught hate and when they get to school they are bombarded with this hate from white adults and white children.

    It is time for black adults to make their children aware of what they will encounter.

  2. marcus davis

    April 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    If i had kids i’d teach them to be leary of whites.

  3. Chaddi

    April 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    As usual, we dont know the details of the “study” but considering the true nature of most whites that Ive encountered, seen, read about….etc…..its never a bad idea at ANY age to be leary of white folks. Many in the dark will call that a “racist” statement. I call it a simple survival tool.

  4. M

    April 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    That is a bunch of bull.

    It must be coming from someone around them who speak in a manner that makes them feel indifferent.

    Stop trying to make it sound like children are prejudice because they are black.

    Where would they get that attitude from?

    Society has long planted this now some 400 years later, they try to make the black/ African children appear as the sole haters?

    That is some bull!

  5. Joseph

    April 8, 2012 at 5:24 am

    I don’t like that Dr Watkins didn’t cite the original study but summerized what he wanted us to believe. I am no ones toy- give me the facts WITHOUT the spin!! In addition where are the good stories and those individuals who are not breaking the law?! Dr Watkins if it bleeds then it leads, huh?

  6. Skeik Yerbouti

    April 8, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Children learn it from their family first. If you hate white people for just being white, your children will too. Racial hatred works in any direction.

  7. makar72

    April 8, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Give me a break Cooper. There is this campaign springing up which has this angle to pin racist behavior on African American people. It is ridiculous the origin of this bias in in Caucasian Americans plain and simple. Hatred has been their thing not ours. Racial superiority was created in Europe not Africa. Don’t pin that on black people.

    America is broken and I am not sure she can be fixed. This chasm which exist between black and white people is too deep and may be too big to ever be repaired. It has destroyed America and will be the cause of her final destruction, mock my words! When you live in a multicultural society it is necessary for all involved to sacrifice some of who they are. It cannot be done by one group and not by all. White America (to their shame) will never as a whole embrace the unique cultural contribution of black people. As a result most black people have totally given up on trying to be accepted and have seen this society as impossible. Sad state of affairs.

  8. Pat

    April 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    This is a projection, a psychologic term used when others want to transfer how one feels to describe others) on the part of CNN. Most black parents do not teach bias. However it is important that we give our children a reality check by the time they are 10 or 11 years old. If not white parents will certainly tell their children how “those” children are not like us. So who is bia?. CNN has had no credibility for a long time. I do not even count them as new anymore; because of their bias. They getting more like fox everyday.

  9. Catlover

    April 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    We have a responsibility to teach our children about the truth of the world be brought them in. Racism/white supremacy is real and it is in all aspects of life: the history lessons they will learn in school that will not tell them the truth, the media that will portrait them as ‘bad’, the music industry that will pay young people millions to betray their people by calling them racial epithets and degrading women, how they will be watched and followed if they walk into a store, discriminated against on the job, pulled over for ‘driving while Black’, shot while ‘walking while Black’, what happened to the Native American people, what is going on in Africa and why, etc. If we don’t teach our children the truth of our history and our experiences, they will find out on their own the hard way and who knows how they will be able to deal with it. I’m wondering how those Blacks are doing now who think we live in a ‘post racial’ society, or all of that ‘civil rights stuff’ is for old folks. I’ll bet they are shocked right now. If white people don’t like that we teach our children the truth, then they need to deal with the fact that not all Black people are interested in perpetuating their lies to make white people feel better about themselves…again at our expense.

    • Wilma Scott

      April 9, 2012 at 4:23 am

      Now I could not have said it more PERFECTLY! Your assessment is right on. Black kids are growing up in a society that makes it clear that they are NOT considered of value. The doll study in 1950 and again around 2008, came to similar conclusions on race. every institution in this country perpetuates the superiority of the white race. Just take a look at TV shows, magazines, movies, politicians, economic institutions ect. Let me not forget one of the most insidious institutions that promote this divide.

  10. DeepEntity

    April 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    That’s interesting, but do they say why white children at an early age shows bias towards race. My GF asked my opinion about the White kids at her day care. She took notice that the white children at 3 months didn’t want her to hold them apposed to her white co worker’s.

  11. AfroTapp

    April 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I think someone is trying to sensationalize the story. The main point of the story even the headline was that white children have a negative racial bias of black children or non-whites at an early age 6 or AA children more optimistic on race at an earlier age. Meaning at majority white kids(70%) had a negative view of the ambiguous pictures than black kids (38%). Later, the black kids are catch up on the pessimism around age 13 due to their own personal experiences and interactions with white kids. That last thing is white kids at majority white schools had the most negative view of black kids.

    Not sure what the WordPress thing was, but here is the article.http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/02/us/ac360-race-study/index.html

  12. Victoria Brown

    April 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I think Anderson Cooper is the most dangerous, insidious racist conducting “unbiased news” coverage. Everything he does on race is ahistorical and somehow manages to make whites look good at the expense of African Americans. Why doesn’t he do more to elaborate on “whiteness” and what it means to be white in a white supremacist nation?

    • Catlover

      April 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Because he’s white.